Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2009


machinery and equipment
Take Seaming in Hand

Ashton Industrial in Essex, England, has a new innovation for sale. EasySeam™ is a handheld cross belt arrissing/seaming machine for coping with special shapes, oversize panels or stepping in when the main line is down. Two 0.7 HP and 20,000 rpm air motors power the unit, spinning its abrasive belts at nearly 4,500 feet per minute. 

The 11-pound unit features soft-grip double-sided handles to keep the user comfortable. 

Scanning for Defects

The POWERSCAN glass inspection system from ISRA Vision in Duluth, Ga., not only inspects for glass defects on the surface, coating and edges but also can find all forms of defects in various batch configurations, objectively, reliably and repeatedly. The multi-camera system is integrated into the various stages of processing glass. The scalable inspection system ensures 100-percent in-line control during the production processes. 
The integrated QuickTeach defect classification software can be used to categorize defects quickly; in addition, it provides a “learning by showing” process. 

JLG Helps Glaziers Reach for the Sky

McConnellsburg, Pa.-based JLG Industries Inc.’s SkyGlazier® accessory is a manufacturer-authorized glass and panel holding accessory for boom lifts. It is mounted below the platform’s frame and has a channel positioned directly in front and below the platform’s floor so that lites can be contained outside the platform and easily secured to the platform’s railing. The design leaves the platform without any encumbrances so there is plenty of room for workers and their tools. 

The platform has a 1,000-pound capacity, and an electronic platform leveling system and swing speed proportioning are standard. 

Macotec Optimizes Laminated Cutting

Managing machinery for cutting laminated glass will be just a memory as Italy-based Macotec is offering a completely automated laminated cutting line. The machine features a device that can turn a lite 360 degrees for automatic cutting on the X, Y and Z axis. Minimum trim is two centimeters. www.macotec.it 

laminated glass
Shh: Saflex® Provides Silence

Outdoor noises can be obtrusive when they make their way inside. In response, Saflex®, a unit of St. Louis-based Solutia Inc., has developed what it calls SilentGlass Technology™.

SilentGlass combines three interlayers that decouple and disseminate sound waves for sound dampening performance. This patent-pending product features an acoustical interlayer that transforms sound energy into heat energy, which then easily and quietly dissipates. According to information from the company, utilizing SilentGlass technology in a window can result in a reduction of up to 10 decibels in the “transparent” frequency, or up to a 50-percent reduction in perceived sound. 

IGMA Offers Two New Publications

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has announced the availability of two new publications: the IGMA 25-Year Field Correlation Study Report and the IGMAC Glass Design Software Program for the Canadian market.

The 25-Year Field Correlation Study Report includes results from the 10-, 15- and 25-year mark, all climatic zones, common sealant systems including both residential and commercial glazing for both Phase 1 (1980-2005) and Phase 2 (1990-2005).

The IGMAC Glass Design program for the CGSB 12.20 standard (GD_2008) has been updated to fully comply with the 2005 National Building Code of Canada requirements.

One hour of technical support is included with the purchase of the software program.

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